W.W. Grainger Inc. celebrated the grand opening of its new distribution center in Minooka, Illinois. The one-million-square-foot facility serves as the company’s new central stocking distribution center and runs a state-of-the-art automated system. The distribution center helps enable Grainger to deliver products same-day or next-day to its customers nationwide, the company noted.
The distribution center is one of the world’s largest LEED certified platinum-rated facilities for commercial interiors. It includes an approximately 2,200 square-foot solar wall, which uses innovative air and solar capabilities to help reduce energy consumption; energy efficient lighting along with motion sensors; electric automobile charger stations; and a recycling program initiated to collect cardboard and shrink wrap from operations.
With the addition of the Minooka distribution center, Grainger now operates 15 LEED certified facilities in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.
Grainger has more than 360 team members working in its Minooka facility. In celebration of the grand opening, Grainger awarded Joliet Junior College $10,000 to benefit scholarships for students pursuing degrees in the industrial trades.